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Double planting or sore forearm when Nordic walking? Here’s what to do

Is double planting your Nordic walking modus operandi? What about your forearm and elbow – do they sometimes ache during or after a walk?

Don’t be disheartened if this is a familiar story to you. Many of us have visited the double planting/aching forearm stage and a few of us have lingered there longer than we would wish.  I’ve been chatting with one of our National Coaches, Karen Ingram, about these frustrating aspects of the technique. Here are a few suggestions if you are stuck in this particular rut:


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Why you should promote physical activity in your workplace

Last week I gave a talk at the Bristol Institute of Directors monthly meeting on why employers should encourage employees to be more physically active and what they might do about it.  So this blog is one for you if you’re responsible for employees in your business.

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How to enjoy a muddy walk

Mud. Do you love it or hate it? Whatever your view (and few have no opinion) there’s little chance of avoiding it if you want to walk at this time of year.  So here are a few tips to make your muddy walk a happy one.

1. Make sure you have the right footwear

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Local Knowledge

A frivolous blog this week!  How good is your local knowledge of the areas we walk in?  Test yourself with this quiz.  Can you beat 5/10?


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Born to walk - but can we remember how?

Our bipedal gait is hard-wired into our DNA. However, movement skills, like other skills, will fade if they are not used. For our increasingly motor-dependent, desk-bound, screen-dominated populace this is worth worrying about. 

The human body’s evolutionary journey is one of high physical activity.  Walking, squatting, twisting, throwing, climbing, lunging, reaching, carrying were our daily movements.  How many of us incorporate these activities into our lives now?  Does it matter?

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Layering: How to optimise your clothing for active walking

The temperature is dropping but how should you adapt your clothing to maximise your comfort when exercising outside? I have been talking with some of you about the layering system, a tried and tested way to optimise your body temperature whatever your level of activity.  

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Want to live longer and with better health? Go walking

This week three health studies have been published about the benefits of walking, exercising outside in cold weather and walking in groups.  Yes I know, it’s exactly what we all do – and doesn’t it feel good?!

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Technique tips - the perfect arm swing

A good arm swing is the cornerstone of the Nordic walking technique.  Yet like hand control, for many of us mortals it can be tricky to achieve.  There are a few Nordic walking gods who seem to adopt an effortless arm swing as easily as picking up a pair of poles but if, like me, you are not one of these elite, here are a few pointers.

Your shoulder should act as a pendulum

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How to use Nordic walking to trim, tone and lose inches

Gained a few inches over the Christmas holidays which you want to shift?  Whatever your shape, Nordic walking can help.  Here’s how.

The Basics

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Where are you heading in 2015?

There is a Chinese proverb that goes thus: ‘If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading’.

Where are you heading? Is it in the right or wrong direction?  The New Year is traditionally a time to take stock of where we’re at and reflect on where we wish to go.  We cannot influence every aspect of our lives but we have the steering wheel firmly in our hands when it comes to fitness. 

The word ‘fitness’ is, of course, multi faceted.  Its many components include:


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